Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Friday 22 March 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines

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ETTU Cup: Quadri, Abiodun in battle for final spot
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Nigerias duo of Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun will be facing the biggest battle of their career this season as they lead their Portuguese club Sporting into the second leg semifinal of the ETTU Cup against star-studded French side GV Hennebont.However, it was the end of the road for Edem Offiong and Jamiu Azeez yesterday at the 2019 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open after the duo lost their second and third matches to miss out from progressing to the knockout stage of the singles event of the champi
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2019 African Wrestling Championships: Hope rises as NWF confirmed participation
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The doubt over Nigerias participation at the 2019 African Wrestling Championships holding in Tunisia has been laid to rest as the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali has confirmed that the country would be represented at the continental showpiece.Prior to yesterdays confirmation from Igali, there were strong indications that the country would not represented at the African tournament following the unfriendly gesture from the Ministry of Sports.But this doubt has bee
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TraderMoni loans not for election, says Presidency
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
CRITICS ofTraderMoni a social investment programmeof the Federal Government got a reply yesterday to their claim that the scheme was introduced to buy votes during the general elections.They were told that more than 30,000 traders have received loans after the polls on March 9.The Presidency explained that theTraderMonischeme and other GEEP micro-credit products (MarketMoni andFarmerMoni), as components of the Buhari administrations Social Investment Programme, are still in operation.The explan
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Lasisi Aliu to defend WBC Intl Silver title against Lara
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Dubai-based Nigerian boxer, Aliu Lasisi will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) International Silver Super Flyweight title against Keyvin Francisco Lara of Nicaragua on the 5th of April, 2019 at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, UAE, NationSport reports.The 28 year old claimed the WBC International Silver Super Flyweight title when he defeated Mchanja Yohana of Tanzania by unanimous decision after 10 Rounds at the famous Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra, Ghana in December last year.Lasisi will be loo
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Lakiriboto The truth we flee from
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
We live in a world ruled by fears. We pretend a lot. We see many of our afflictions as taboos: things that must not be talked about in the open. So, we suffer in silence.We fear to talk about rape. I am talking about a girl a child being raped by her father or an uncle. We treat sexual assault, sexuality and mental health conditions with levity.We fear to talk about the fact that we still own slaves in this twitter age. I know we do not call them slaves; we call them house helps or housemaids, b
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Legal battles, muscle flexing as APC, PDP get set for polls
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Lalong, Useni trade words in PlateauWere ready, says Kano RECIG deploys 23 senior police officersLegal battles raged yesterday over supplementary elections in Bauchi and Adamawa states.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the March 9 polls inconclusive in six states.All three stakeholders in the elections INEC, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were trading arguments in court over Bauchi and Adamawa, two of the states expected to underg
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Legal battles, muscle flexing as APC, PDP get set for polls
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Lalong, Useni trade words in PlateauWere ready, says Kano RECIG deploys 23 senior police officersLegal battles raged yesterday over supplementary elections in Bauchi and Adamawa states.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the March 9 polls inconclusive in six states.All three stakeholders in the elections INEC, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were trading arguments in court over Bauchi and Adamawa, two of the states expected to underg
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Local bond market attracts $6b, says CBN
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
THE successful conduct of the general elections is rubbing off positively on investments, with the inflow of over $6 billion into the local bond market.Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele described the foreign capital inflows to the bond market as an indication of the continued investors confidence in the strength of the economy.The CBN boss, who spoke yesterday at theBusinessDayPost-Election Economic Agenda Conference in Lagos, also set a post-election agenda for the nations
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Four vehicles burnt in Lagos gas explosion
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Fire yesterday gutted a mechanic village, a mosque and a bungalow in Surulere, Lagos. It was caused by a gas explosion.The explosion, which occurred at Babs Animashaun Street, near Censors Market, Surulere, started around 12pm.Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.Residents and passers-by scampered for safety.Some residents efforts to put out the fire were unsuccessful.They were relieved by the arrival of the Federal Fire Service officials from Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju fire stations.The Na
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Afenifere: burden of crisis
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The crisis rocking the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political group, Afenifere, was magnified during the campaign for the recent general elections. Assistant Editor LEKE SALUDEEN examines the issues at stake and why reconciliation efforts in the organisation have failed.THE split in the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political group, Afenifere, reared its ugly head during the preparations for the recent general elections. The two factions declared support for different presidential candidates. T
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Rivers: INEC to resume collation of election results
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixedApril 13 for supplementary election in Rivers State.Besides, the commission is to resume collation of results of the last governorship and state Assembly elections from April 2 to 5.INEC, however, noted that election had been concluded in 21 state constituencies.The collation of the results for the election held on March 9 was suspended due to violence.TheCommission set upa Fact-FindingCommittee thatvisited the state and submitted its
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DHQ:military, police not at loggerheads
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
THERE is no rift between the military and the police over the conduct of the general elections, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday.According to the DHQ, the misgivings over the roles of the military alongside that of the police in Rivers State is receiving attention.It said the leaders of the security agencies have shown commitment on resolving the issues.Acting Director of Defence Information Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said the clarifications had become necessary, considering the public c
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Attah: Import of Buharis victory for Nigeria
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
FORMER Governor Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State has described the 2019 general elections and the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari as the triumph of the will of the common man and a death knell for the three power blocs that have constantly exerted their manipulative influence on the country.This, he added, would provide the opportunity for the President to set the stage for the much-talked about restructuring.Obong Attah, who spoke at a press conference in Lagos yesterday, said Buharis seco
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DHQ:military, police not at loggerheads
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
THERE is no rift between the military and the police over the conduct of the general elections, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday.According to the DHQ, the misgivings over the roles of the military alongside that of the police in Rivers State is receiving attention.It said the leaders of the security agencies have shown commitment on resolving the issues.Acting Director of Defence Information Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said the clarifications had become necessary, considering the public c
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Lessons of 2019 elections
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The recent general elections underscored a collective progression to political stability and democratic consolidation. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the importance of the exercise and implications for the polity.Public consciousness is growing. The electorate is waxing stronger in their capacity for wise choices during elections. Many observers contend that future polls may get better since blind voting may continue to give way.The recent general elections were an eye opener.
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U.S. Report over anti-graft war false, says EFCC
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday faulted a report by the United States alleging that Nigeria has made little progress in fighting corruption.It said it has secured 943 convictions between 2015 and 2018.The commission also said it has recovered N676, 522, 889, 647.05; $254, 563, 877.27 486, 736.82 Pound; 8, 136, 071. 80, 931, 500; CFA 3, 729.50; RMB/YUAN; 452, 175 DIRHAM; 90, 956SR; 117, 004 CAD$ (ONE Hundred and Seventeen Thousand and Four Canadian Dollar); 120, 141.
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Well complete N50b bond repayment in June
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Bayelsa State government has said it would complete repayment of the N50 billion bond obtained by the former administration of Chief Timipre Sylva in June.The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said it was part of the major resolutions reached at the State Executive Council meeting.In a statement by the governors media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, Iworiso-Markson noted that when completed, funds currently being used to service the bond would be channelled towards
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Rivers of tears, blood and gore
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Even though the2015 general elections in Nigeriawereapplauded as a positive watershed in the countrys electoral evolution, Rivers State proved a regrettable exception. The election that year, in Rivers State,was characteristically difficult to distinguish from war. Armed militias loyal to different political actors shot and killed innocent persons at will; while scores of people were routinely beheadedin an orgy of barbarism.This years national and state elections held on February 23and March 9
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Cultists kill corps members in Bayelsa
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Residents lambast police, security agencies There was outrage in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, yesterday following the murder of some corps members by cultists.It was gathered that the cultists stormed the corps members residence on School Road in Swali and shot three of them.Two were confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yenagoa, and the third is receiving treatment at the hospital.The victims were Popoola Oluwatobi Olamide (30), a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and an i
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Borno stakeholders back Ndume for Senate President
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Stakeholders and elders from Borno State have thrown their weights behind their son, Senator Mohmmed Ali Ndume, to emerge as the next Senate President.Addressing a news conference in Abuja yesterday, the Borno elders on the platform of Concerned Borno Citizens expressed confidence in the ability of Ndume to provide quality leadership for the Senate and partner the executive to offer the citizens good governance.The group, which include former governors, former ministers and other APC leaders, ar
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Toward a progressive governance outcome
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Elections have consequences. Losers tend to their wounds as they wish. They may choose to whine and fret over lost opportunities. Or they may decide to go back to the drawing board in preparation for the next opportunity. Winners, on the other hand, secure a mandate to deliver on their promises to the electorate. In doing so, they must be mindful of the priorities, cognizant of the limitation of resources vis-a-vis the multiplicity of demands. Its a tough balancing game.This week, President Buha
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Falana urges Fed Govt to obey judgments on asylum seekers
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Activist-lawyer Mr Femi Falana (SAN) has urged the Federal Government to obey the judgments ordering it to bring back refugees and asylum seekers who were deported by the National Security Adviser (NSA).He vowed to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents if they fail to comply with the verdicts within two weeks.In a March 20 letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN), Falana said the judgments were on suits numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/147/2018 by Wilfred Tassang
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No more excuses
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Tomorrows elections provide another opportunity to show we are ready to join the league of mature democraciesTomorrow is another election day. The supplementary governorship polls in Sokoto, Kano, Benue and Plateau States will be conducted, to separate the two top contenders in each state.At the March 9 elections, infractions based on non-use of card reader machines, as stipulated in the guidelines released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was one of the reasons for the r
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Prosecution closes case in Onnoghens trial after three witnesses
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The prosecution in the trial of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen yesterday closed its case after calling three witnesses.Onnoghen is being tried before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged violation of the code of conduct for public officers by not declaring correctly his assets.The prosecution, led by Aliyu Umar (SAN), called two witnesses a retired director of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Awal Usman Yakasai and Team Lead, Priority Banking, Standard Chart
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Benue PDP petitions CP over alleged soldiers brutality, electoral violence
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
LEADERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Apa Ward, Ado Local Government Area (LGA) in Benue State have appealed to the state Police Commissioner over the alleged assault and intimidation of their members during the March 9 governorship election by soldiers on the orders of Agbese Philip.They alleged that Nelson Ogbu, Comrade James Oche, Emmanuel Aboh, Ogbu Ogaba, Innocent Egegwu, Susan Onmonya, Kingsley Onmonya, Otse Unazi, Udah Okibe and the entire PDP Ward executives in the ward were h
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Fed Govt, private sector to partner on labour-friendly policies
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
TheFederal Ministry of Labour and Employment has called for synergy betweenthe government and the private sector in promoting labour-friendly policies.The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, William Nwankwo Alo, made the call in Abuja when the Director-General, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Timothy Olawale, visited him.He described NECA as a critical and dependable partner in maintaining industrial harmony in Nigeria, and therefore encouraged the
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FOBTOB institutes empowerment scheme for members children
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) has introduced N1million empowerment scheme for children of its members who graduate with first class.The unions President, Quadri Olaleye, who revealed this at a luncheon in Lagos in honour of the media for their support for the unions activities, explained that award of N1million to brilliant youths was aimed at promoting academic excellence.He said: We decided to initiate a scholarship award on yearly basis but exclusive to chil
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Industrialist seeks increased surveillance on harmful frozen fish import
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
FORMER Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Agriculture Sector Chairman Prince Wale Oyekoya has called on the government to tighten the noose on fish smuggling.Oyekoya, managing director, BamaFarms, who spoke in Lagos, while adressing a food and agriculture writers forum, said smugglers bring in frozen fish, such as tilapia and croaker through the countrys land borders, stating that the circulation of unhealthy fish and fishery products into the market, has resulted in grave health impl
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Access Bank rallies on merger completion
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Equities drop by N58bAccess Bank Plc was the most active stock and the third highest gainer yesterday at the Nigerian equities market as investors sought to lock in into the first tier commercial bank, which consummated its merger with Diamond Bank Plc on Tuesday.The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) had on Wednesday placed full suspension on Diamond Bank, after the Federal High Court sealed the merger between Access Bank and Diamond Bank on Tuesday. This makes Access Bank, the post-merger entity, t
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CISI launches Nigerian advisory council
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has launched its Nigerian National Advisory Council (NAC) to foster the activities of the global investment certification body in Nigeria.The NAC was established with the dual purpose of supporting CISI membership in Nigeria and of guiding the CISIs activities in Nigeria in developing professional standards across the finance profession.The CISI Nigeria NAC, whose inaugural President is Mr Bola Ajomale, Chief Executive Officer of NAS
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Ecobank to focus on women entrepreneurs
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, has said female entrepreneurs with focus to build shopping empires will be considered for credit facilities in the bank.Akinwuntan spoke during the unveiling of a new initiative tagged: Ecobank Female Entrepreneurs Initiative which recently held in Lagos.Some of the benefits include access to credit facilities with little or no collateral, network opportunities across Africa, financial advisory services, wealth management resources and
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Zenith Bank ahead, pays N2.80 kobo dividend
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Zenith Banks financial result for the year ended December 31, 2018 has reaffirmed its market leadership as Nigerias most profitable financial institution.The banks Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the year was N232 billion, up 16 per cent from N199 billion in 2017; while Profit After Tax (PAT) was N193 billion in 2018, up 11 per cent from N174 billion in 2017.Shareholders during the Annual General Meeting approved dividend pay-out of N2.50 kobo per share, bringing the total dividend to N2.80 kobo per
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Chamber seeks foreign tech for business growth
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is to lead delegates on a trade mission to the United States (US) to deepen members knowledge of technologies to boost their businesses.The five-day trade forum themed: Turning promises to Action, is expected to bring together the private and public sectors of the economy. It was designed to attract businesses in areas such as Information Technology (IT), Banking, Agric Tech, and Cloud Technology solutions, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Pr
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Group unveils farmers data platform
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
A GROUP of researchers, the OpenFarm Network, composed of Information Communication Technology (ICT), has created an online information services platform for smallholder farmers.It plans to integrate agricultural research data using ICT tools and techniques to produce platforms to analyse large quantities of open data on farming.Its Executive Director, Mr. Segun Ogunwale said the data platform will use data to improve farmers lot.He said the platform will promote knowledge and information in dev
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Online shopping in Nigeria, others may hit $75b by 2025
Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Online shopping in Nigeria and other African countries could account for up to $75 billion in retail sales by 2025, a report by the McKinsey Global Institute has projected.The report, which was got by The Nation, said e-commerce and Financial Technology (FinTech) represented two of Africas biggest growth opportunities, with the mobile technology market driving the two sectors.More than half of urban African consumers already have Internet-capable devices and this number is increasing. Online sho
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